What does a face mask do and how do they actually benefit your skin? We share the 5 reasons using a face mask will have your skin set to glow and send your self-care vibes sky-high.
Target skin concerns with active ingredients
Are face masks good for your skin? You bet they are! Rich in active ingredients face masks are formulated to target specific skin concerns like pigmentation, dullness, ageing concerns, dehydration, redness, congestion, and dryness.
Put simply, an ‘active’ is an ingredient that changes the skin in a particular way - it’s the ingredient responsible for doing the work that the skincare product says it will do for you.
Use our quick guide to discover the best ingredients to match your skin concerns to help choose the perfect mask.
Signs of ageing
Active ingredients: Peptides, hyaluronic acid, and Tasmannia Lanceolata extract.
Dullness and hyperpigmentation
Active ingredients: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Kakadu Plum (contains high levels of Vitamin C), licorice root extract, and pomegranate extract.
Acne, oil, and congestion
Active ingredients: Activated charcoal, kaolin and bentonite clays and hyaluronic acid.
Redness and irritation
Active ingredients: Wild mint, hyaluronic acid, maclura cochinchinensis leaf, and broccoli sprout extract.
Dryness and dehydration
Active ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), aloe vera, green tea extract, and shea butter.
The face mask benefits of active ingredients double down because you’re leaving the mask on for an extended period of time - anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight. This really helps your skin soak up all those beneficial actives.
Works with other skin care for maximum impact
Face masks are team players when it comes to boosting the results of your skincare routine. They help your other products go the extra mile to deliver even better (and faster) results.
The key is to choose complementary products that work together in a harmonious little team with your face mask. With this in mind, we recommend pairing your mask with a cleanser and serum with ingredients designed to target the same skin concerns.
For example, if you want to brighten a dull complexion and help reduce pigmentation, try this brightening trio from our range:
Cleanser: The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Brightening
Serum: Pomegranate Brightening Serum
Booster Mask: Bouncy Brightening Booster Mask
All are formulated with ingredients to brighten, lighten and smooth skin. Layering the active ingredients in all 3 products will deliver optimal results.
You’ll find complementary serums, cleansers, and Booster Masks in our range that you can team up to address a range of concerns from ageing and redness to dryness and acne.
The cleanser and serum are for daily use while your face mask should be 2 - 3 times a week, depending on your skin type. Have a chat with our esmi Skin Team if you’re not sure how often you should apply a Booster Mask.
Have the salon experience at home
Face mask benefits aren’t just about glowing up your skin. They’re the perfect opportunity for a little self-care recharge...DIY salon style.
Sure, you can totally pop on a mask and multi-task doing other things…. but why not slow down, take your time and soak up the salon experience at home?
Turning your masking time into a self-care sunday ritual is a great way to stay consistent with how often you apply the mask (consistency is everything!) and give you some ‘me time’ to look forward to each week.
esmi Booster Masks are formulated with natural ingredients and fragrances to treat your skin and your senses for a holistic experience.
Draw out impurities from the skin
For oily, congested, and breakout prone skin clay and charcoal face masks are absolute game changers.
The genius of clay and charcoal is their ability to draw out impurities from deep within the pore, including dead skin cells, to reduce congestion.
With less congestion and clogged pores, breakouts are minimised. Skin is clearer, brighter, and more even.
Bentonite and Kaolin clays also offer superb oil control. They soak up excess sebum on the surface to minimise shiny face syndrome.
Kaolin clay is a good choice for all skin types, particularly sensitive and dry skin as it’s very gentle and won’t aggravate a compromised complexion.
Bentonite has stronger absorption properties making it ideal for normal and oily skin types that can handle deeper cleansing action.
Moisturise for a deep glow
One of the most luxe treats you can give your skin, especially a dry, parched complexion, is a deeply moisturising face mask.
A cream-based mask formulated with active ingredients to conquer dehydration and dryness offers the optimal moisturising benefits. Because the mask sits on your skin for an extended period, those helpful active ingredients penetrate deeply and get to work on not only the surface but deeper layers.
The result is more hydrated, moisturised skin which translates to a beautiful healthy glow!
Look out for these key ingredients in a moisturising face mask:
Hyaluronic acid: An active ingredient which delivers a boost of moisture deep into the skin cells.
Niaminicide (Vitamin B3): Strengthens the skin barrier to help keep moisture locked in.
Allantoin: Helps moisturise the skin to improve signs of dryness and irritation.
Shea Butter: Works to soften and smooth dry skin.
For all the face mask love your skin will ever need, check out the entire esmi Booster Mask range.